Professors and students have noticed a great amount of noise caused by lawnmowers, trucks or construction that has been interrupting classes. The noise drowns out voices in the classroom, forcing professors to have to keep their windows shut despite the uncomfortable humidity that stays trapped inside buildings.

According to several students, the work usually happens at times that are inconvenient for classes.

Last week, Danny Lee ’13 was working on an essay in his Valentine Hall dorm room when he heard a rustling noise. When he looked down, he saw a rodent, which he was unable to clearly identify as either a rat or a mouse (the administration says that there are no rats on campus), sitting on a piece of paper on the floor. Before he could grab the creature, it bolted out of his room. When Lee reported the incident to the custodian, he was handed a mousetrap and caught the rodent a few hours later. Lee remarked, “It seems like rats can’t resist peanut butter.”

Although work-study jobs may seem difficult to find for some, Valentine Dining Hall has many opportunities to earn money. Regardless, Val is still facing the issue of a lack of student workers.

“Students don’t have an interest in working in Val because they think it would be ‘gross’ or somehow uncool,” said Megan Duff ‘14, a student who’s worked in Val for over a year. “I also think it’s just a part of culture on campus that jobs during which you can do your homework are ideal. Honestly, I would just tell them it’s not that bad.”

For the third consecutive year, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) has shored up budgets for programs that were previously stewarded by the administration. Following the 15 percent budget cuts imposed by the administration in the midst of the financial crisis in 2008, the AAS established a fund to help defray some departments’ budgetary shortfalls. The Take Your Professor Out (TYPO) and Faculty Tea programs were among a bevy of programs that requested AAS aid when the fund was established, in addition to the Health Education branch of the Health Services Center.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the College community gathered at 18 Stanley Street to celebrate the completion of the fourth and final Habitat for Humanity home on the three acres of land donated to Habitat for Humanity by the College in 2005. '

The controversial execution of death-row inmate Troy Davis on Sept. 19 sparked nation-wide protests as opponents of the death penalty took up their pens and took to the streets. Armed with signs, candles and a megaphone, local activists rallied on the Amherst Town Common at 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday. Among the 80 attendees were Five College professors, Amherst residents, as well as over a dozen students of the College.

The revving of an engine, the crunching of concrete as it is crushed echo throughout the quads as the Facilities department pursue their list of repairs and improvements around campus. Now that renovations in Valentine Dining Hall have been completed, the Facilities department has turned to other projects ranging from the small fix-ups around campus to extensive renovations.

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